– 3 July, 2020
– 3 July, 2020
8 tips to help you remember key points of long lectures
– 3 July, 2020
Being a student requires studying various subjects and remembering them at the tip of your tongue! Now that can be made easier and fun by introducing new techniques to your study routine.
Did you know that an average human mind can only hold attention for 25 mins! That means one whole lecture of an hour but only 25 mins of paying attention- imagine what that can do to retention. It’s not easy being a student, over 8 lectures in a day, all different subjects and scary theories that need to be understood. If you are wondering how to improve concentration and memory while studying, here are 8 tips that can help you:
Most of the time, we are busy highlighting important formulae or writing those crucial lines said by the teacher- instead, focus on listening more than just writing. Research says that listening intently has the ability to store information better than writing. So, you might want to split time between listening and making notes to help you understand the concept practically first.
Take good notes
It’s important to be smart if you want to understand better- so stop all that hard work of taking down what the teacher says as is! Just note the important points or keywords stated, so you can build your own answer. It’s easier to revise, better for getting clarity, and saves some ink too!
Highlight key points
When will all that fancy stationery come to use right? Colours appeal visually that the same font text doesn’t, that’s why using highlighters or felt pens to underline important formulae or crucial aspects of a theorem may help you retain it better. Just close your eyes and think of a page in your Math textbook… you will find visualizing symbols better. Now imagine seeing the highlighted words… it actually works! Use post-its to tag chapters with important notes or points said by the teacher, perhaps a question that confuses you. You won’t get marks for crisp textbooks but for how to use all that information- so it’s okay to make it a little neatly colourful!
Focus on health
Couldn’t sleep because of a test the next day? Losing appetite over thermodynamics? Missing meals because of back to back classes? No matter how much you study, it will be difficult to memorize if you aren’t healthy. That goes, for your physical self as it does mentally. Make sure you cycle, play football, badminton, or best exercise and eat healthy meals periodically, even if it means stuffing dry fruits in between classes- all those enormous chapters and textbooks sure take away energy from your body, make sure you replenish it well.
Get good sleep
A mind that isn’t fresh won’t function well- it’s that simple, so how will you improve memory? If you aren’t well-rested, you are going to lose focus and find it difficult to concentrate during any lectures- that way eating up your productive time and cutting into your revision time back home. 6-8 hrs sleep is a must during school!
Try easy memory tricks to study like the 10 min nap technique or Italian tomato technique. If it’s too tiresome to keep up with lectures, use that short break to take a 10-minute nap- as Napoleon Bonaparte did during the war! Or set a time-limit like 25 mins tomato, or 15 mins – break – 15 mins, anything that puts in an easy schedule for you to study without stress. You can even time your chapters- 5 chapters – break – 3 chapters, or 2 chapters – 10 min breather. Put that math skills to use here!
Say it out Aloud
There is a reason there were Viva’s. We are sure someone profound knew that sometimes saying it out loud helps you remember better. Of course not in class, but definitely at home. It just adds the fun element when you are standing in front of a mirror and explaining it to yourself like a teacher does- it’s fun, and also increases confidence!
Power of visualization
It’s amazing how easy it is to recall a movie or a funny video, but darn difficult to recite a simple theorem! That’s why learning through videos is the best invention to mankind, today. MSVgo has over 6000+ videos on Math and Science topics for grades 6th to 12th, each simplifying concepts with practical examples and cool graphics. It is available for CBSE, ICSE, ISC and IGCSE boards to make learning a lot more fun.
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No one can give you one single study hack to improve your memory, it is always best to mix and match ways that interest you.
Remember, it’s only you who can make studying a little more fun and a little less boring! So, get set and strategize!